YouTube has restored several videos showing a women's rights campaigner being killed in a variety of ways in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2.
The platform had deleted the recordings on Wednesday and in one case had banned the clip creator involved.
The action had represented its first such response to depictions of graphic violence within a mainstream game.
But it now says that it made a "mistake" and has restricted the clips so they cannot be seen by under-18s.
MisinterpretationThe U-turn occurred after a backlash on social media.
This included the vlogger PewDiePie retweeting a complaint by one of the video creators, who had accused YouTube of unfair treatment.
Another popular vlogger, Keem, had also drawn attention to the affair claiming it was "going to create GamerGate 2.0".
Ryan Wyatt, YouTube's head of gaming, eventually responded - blaming the deletions on a misinterpretation of YouTube's community guidelines.
"The reviewer will be educated on this outcome and on how to avoid repeating this mistake," he tweeted..
However, the BBC understands the original decision had involved several members of YouTube's staff and that the original ruling was overturned once the business's wider gaming team took charge.
"YouTube's community guidelines prohibit among other things, gratuitous violence, nudity, dangerous and illegal activities, and hate speech," a spokeswoman said.
"Creative formats such as video games can be challenging to assess but when content crosses the line and is flagged to our attention, we take action as necessary."
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